24th September 2018

Finally a busier day on the sea, with the wind steadily swinging north during the day and plenty of activity, especially in the afternoon and evening. Our first all-four-skua day of the autumn included day counts of one juvenile Long-tailed, six Pomarine, 21 Great and 30 Arctic, while tern diversity was even more impressive – two Roseates and a Black (more records of these locally scarce species)  were supported by 45 Sandwich, 23 Common and seven Arctic. 

Arctic Skua, Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Single Great Northern Divers went south past the Gap in the morning and the Brigg in the afternoon, with the season’s first Lapland Bunting at the former site and a report of a large whale species briefly surfacing in the distance off the latter. 

Arctic Skua and Sandwich Terns, Brigg (Mark Pearson)